Laos’ Dangerous Tubing is Back!

Vang Vieng is a city in Laos that became famous to tourists for  its wild ‘tubing.’ The reason for this that is because Vang Vieng took  tubing (floating down a river) to a whole new level!

I was lucky enough to attend this event on my 21st birthday years ago. This event was extremely fun and the craziest birthday that I have ever had in my life.

As much fun as it is, it is also very dangerous- especially when drugs and alcohol are involved. Just a few months after my birthday celebrations this activity shut down for good due to many people dying while tubing. In fact, just the day after I went someone died. It is estimated that about thirty tourists died per year doing this activity.

Tubing in Laos shut down for about five years, but just this year (2017) it started back up again! My friends went and after listening to the experience I was surprised to find out that nothing changed to improve safety for the reintroduction.

 There is no doubt that as dangerous but I have to be honest and say that it is a blast. If you do want to participate make sure to have your wits about you so that this event does end as a fun memory and not as a sad tragedy.

To help you I have written a step-by-step run down of my experience tubing. I explain both how fun it was and the reasons that is can become dangerous.

My friends and I were watching out for each other all day and were using our common sense.  We had strong swimming skills and -being outdoorsy- a respect for mother nature and her power. Because we were cautious we managed to have a safe and amazing day.

However, this was not always the case for everyone. As you just read, there were a lot of possibilities for people to hurt themselves. And people did hurt themselves. This activity got international media attention when backpackers started dying in the river of Vang Vieng and eventually the Laos government was pressured to shut it down.

With a huge drop in tourism this activity was reintroduced years but has not been made any safer.

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Laos' Dangerous Tubing is Back!

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